What is Therapeutic Massage?

Massage Therapy usually fits into one of two categories: Therapeutic and Non-Therapeutic. A non-therapeutic massage is sometimes also called a relaxation massage where you are given a basic Swedish style massage which may not have any real effect on your overall health. A therapeutic massage on the other hand is designed to correct many types of problems that cause pain and discomfort. After a therapeutic massage, especially several treatments, a noticeable change is expected.


What is Bodywork?

Bodywork is a term used in alternative medicine to describe any therapeutic, healing or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine. In addition bodywork techniques aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the “mind-body connection”, or to manipulate a putative “energy field” surrounding the human body and affecting health.


What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is an ancient healing art that uses pure, essential oils to enhance the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy is experienced through the energy of the essential oils on the bodies emotional and energy centers. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.

Unlock the doors to cellular memory and heal deep down using one of nature’s most precious gifts. Dissolve ailments and emotional stress and allow new life to flow through you. A variety of treatments are available, dependent on the individual and symptoms.


What Can I Expect From My Treatment?

This depends on your specific condition. The most noticeable change you will notice, even after your first treatment, is a greater sense of balance and alignment. If your pain is primarily due to soft tissue maladies (muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc…), then you will most likely notice great relief from your pain. Our work is best geared towards joint stiffness and pain as well as backaches, neck aches, and headaches.

Beneficial Effects of Massage

Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include pain relief, reduced trait anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure, heart rate, and state of anxiety. Theories behind what massage might do include blocking nociception (gate control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and improving sleep, but such effects are yet to be supported by well-designed clinical studies.

Massage is hindered from reaching the gold standard of scientific research, which includes placebo-controlled and double blind clinical trials. Developing a “sham” manual therapy for massage would be difficult since even light touch massage could not be assumed to be completely devoid of effects on the subject. It would also be difficult to find a subject that would not notice that they were getting less of a massage, and it would be impossible to blind the therapist. Massage can employ randomized controlled trials, which are published in peer reviewed medical journals. This type of study could increase the credibility of the profession because it displays that purported therapeutic effects are reproducible.


Single dose effects

* Pain relief: Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is cited as a major benefit of massage. In one study, cancer patients self-reported symptomatic relief of pain. Acupressure or pressure point massage may be more beneficial than classic Swedish massage in relieving back pain. However, a meta-study conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign failed to find a statistically significant reduction in pain immediately following treatment.
* State anxiety: Massage has been shown to reduce state anxiety, a transient measure of anxiety in a given situation.
* Blood pressure and heart rate: Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate as temporary effects.
* Attention: After massage, EEG patterns indicate enhanced performance and alertness on mathematical computations, with the effects perhaps being mediated by decreased stress hormones.
* Other: Massage also stimulates the immune system by increasing peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs). However, this immune system effect is only observed in aromatherapy massage, which includes sweet almond oil, lavender oil, cypress oil, and sweet marjoram oil. It is unclear whether this effect persists over the long term.


Multiple dose effects

* Pain relief: When combined with education and exercises, massage might help sub-acute, chronic, non-specific low back pain. Furthermore, massage has been shown to reduce pain experienced in the days or weeks after treatment.
* Trait anxiety: Massage has been shown to reduce trait anxiety; a person’s general susceptibility to anxiety.
Depression: Massage has been shown to reduce subclinical depression.
* Diseases: Massage, involving stretching, has been shown to help with spastic diplegia resulting from Cerebral palsy in a small pilot study. The researchers warn that these results should “be viewed with caution until a double-blind controlled trial can be conducted”. Massage has been used in an effort to improve symptoms, disease progression, and quality of life in HIV patients, however, this treatment is not scientifically supported.

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